Alexander Vinokourov's time as an ambassador for the Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic Games bid has come to an end

Alexander Vinokourov has resigned from his role in Almaty’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid, according to reports.

The London 2012 gold medallist and Astana team manager was listed as an ambassador on the bid’s website, but has since been removed, with a spokesperson telling insidethegames that he was only part of the application phase.

Almaty 2022 bid vice-chairman Andrey Kryukov told the website earlier this week that Vinokourov, who served a doping ban after testing positive in 2007, had served his punishment and that they believe in second chances.

Vinokourov’s second chance seems not to have lasted long, however, with his role in the process – a role that was never properly established – coming to an end.

As insidethegames’ Nick Butler writes, however, the Astana manager’s departure shows the Almaty bid’s willingness to adapt and change.

But with the IOC reportedly taking into account Spain and Turkey’s tarnished record with dopers into consideration when awarding the 2020 Summer Games to Tokyo last year, the move could be for the best in Almaty’s bid.

The Kazakh city is in a two-horse race with Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Games, with Krakov, Lviv, Oslo and Stockholm all cancelling their bids before the candidate phase.

  • Mark Windsor

    Apologies accepted! In your favour you deleted the post with the unpleasant remarks. As for the question of your intellect, the jury is out.

    I agree with your original post, I can’t believe the Kazakhs give Vinokourov any credence, perhaps they don’t any more…

  • Bob Smith

    did I make a comment about your mother? please accept my apologies. regarding my intellect hmmm. I believe you may be incorrect sir

  • Mark Windsor

    Ah, Bob Smith, you’ve changed your tune. Last time I commented about that cheat, you made some unpleasant remark about my mother! You express my sentiments so well, although it looks like you may have reached the extent of your intellect employing the space bar to conceal your use four-letter words. Well done Bob!

  • colin

    Are you serious about allowing language like this? It doesn’t matter what point he is trying to make. An apology from him might not go amiss but I guess if your type to make comments like this publically we may have to wait some time.
    However the real fault lies with the magazine!!

  • Vance Harvey

    What obnoxious language – amazing the post hasn’t been deleted!

  • James Cooper

    Deplorable language!
    Nevertheless, the sentiments are admirable and the timings add fuel to speculative fires regarding next week’s UCI release of the Lausanne University report re Astana’s World Tour licence position.

  • Bob Smith

    Good, that C U N T needs to be kicked out of the sport…